Officially it ended in a tie. Or did it?
Opelousas Catholic and Westminster Christian Academy played some more Saturday following the end of regulation, which ended even at 1.
Both teams, however, didn’t want things in the District 5-III game to end there, said WCA soccer coach Aaron Coon.
“Since it’s such a rivalry game, we decided we would play some more with an overtime, although the game officials would not recognize the outcome (of the overtime), since it was a regular season game,” Coon said.
After a series of penalty shots, OC outscored WCA 3-1. Then both teams left the field, Coon said.
Although the Louisiana High School Athletic Association shows OC with a 4-3 win, Coon said regulation season outcomes are not decided beyond the end of regulation.
“I asked the head official and he assured me it was a tie (after regulation). We will get this thing sorted out by Monday,” said Coon.
OC boys’ soccer coach Matt Hebert could not be reached for comment on Saturday or Sunday.
The game left WCA, the No.8 Division III team in last week’s state poll, with a 9-3-2 record. In district the Crusaders are 3-2 for now. On Wednesday night, WCA dropped a 2-1 district game to Catholic-New Iberia.
OC is 7-6 entering this week.
Against OC, Coon said WCA scored first when sophomore forward John Burlieigh found an open net inside the 10th first half minute.
“The play began at midfield with a play that developed from Josh Hughes. Michael Burleigh, the twin brother of John Burleigh, then made a beautiful pass into a open net,” Coon said.
OC matched that goal about 25 minutes later.
Coon said he was disappointed that his team scored only once off what he said were numerous chances.
“We had more opportunities than you could imagine. We just couldn’t finish. We had 10 shots on goal and scored once.
“Our goalie (Richard Hebert) came up with 15 saves,” Coon said.
Coon said Hebert, a senior, is making a difference around the box.
“Really (Hebert) is an amazing story. He played for us back in seventh grade and then went out for football where he’s been the quarterback.
“Recently Richard came to us and asked to play soccer again and he has really played well for us,” said Coon.
The Crusaders host Lafayette Christian Academy Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Coon said contests between WCA and LCA are fast becoming a good rivalry. “Two of their players have played for us. One of those is (Bryce Badon) the son of our former head football coach (Tommy Badon).”